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Atomic Bomb Physical Damage, Nagasaki, 01/22/1946 - 01/24/1946

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Atomic Bomb Physical Damage, Nagasaki, 01/22/1946 - 01/24/1946


Published January 22, 1946


National Archives  description "Agriculture Phase: The following action took place approx. 700 feet from zero. It shows a citizen of Nagasaki scraping away the rubble by making round holes about two feet in depth. Into this hole, he has put fertilizer (human feces) mixed with rotten straw and then covered with a layer of dirt. He continues this process until he has several dozen holes made. After the final layer of earth he places a small stick in top of each mound to identify it. Several months later he will return to plough up the fertilizer to mix with the earth then he will plant wheat. 10' MS Removing rubble and digging holes. 5' MC Same as above, different angles. 6' CU Removing human excrement from concrete reservoir and pouring into a pail. 15' CU Placing fertilizer into hole, adding rotten straw followed with a few inches of earth, and on top of that he adds some more fertilizer. 25' MS Final phase - pouring fertilizer into hole, adding rotten straw, more earth until it formed like a mound, then he places a small stick on top to identify it. At a later date, he will plough up the earth and make ready for planting (several angles). Forward: A Japanese woman polishes rice by primitive means. This method takes 3 to 4 hours for one person to complete via method shown. The amount of rice contained in the solid stone container is one month's ration for six adults. The amount is roughly 1/2 bushel. 40' MLS A group of tin shanties situated on a hillside approx. 2500 feet from zero. In the foreground, a woman polishes rice via primitive means. MC Same action as above. MC Another angle showing method used to draw up the long raft. CU Foot movement. CU Stone container and mallet as it pounds the rice. MCU The woman who is doing the work. CU Closer shot of the woman. 16' LS Showing small cultivated terraced gardens and fields, a hill in the far background. The Nagasaki University Hospital. A group of Japanese children walk into the picture. Scene taken looking N from an elevation approx. 4200 feet from zero. 15' LS Pan L to R (NW to W) looking across the Nagasaki Valley opposite the Shirayama National School and the Chenzei National School. This is taken from a high elevation approx. 4200 feet from zero. 20' USSBS Target No. L. E concrete wall of the prison. Pan shot from L to R (E to N) showing the effect of blast on the reinforced concrete wall. The greater portion of the E wall is still standing. 22' The S wall of the prison completely flattened through its entire length because the total frontal area exposed was great. The collapse of the S wall caused partial collapse of the S end of both the E and W walls. The greater portion of the E wall is still standing with three different segments with two large areas of collapsed wall separating the segments. The explanation for the collapse of the S and N wall of the prison and the W position of portion of the E and W walls is to be found in the relatively small frontal areas of the E and W walls which were perpendicular to the pressure wave. In a similar manner, both the S and N ends of the cell block in the S end of the prison which were very nearly perpendicular to the pressure wave have collapsed while portions running N and S remain still standing. 11' MS A section of the S wall (foreground) still stands. Pan from R to L showing the W wall which is badly bowed. In the foreground is the spot at which the southern wall was sheared from the W wall. 6' MS A view from the SE showing the SE corners of prison wall looking E. In the foreground are four concrete posts which presented a relatively small frontal area to the pressure wave but collapsed. In the background is the SE wall of the prison which runs generally N and S. 8' MS A view from the SE section of Nagasaki Prison. Pan L to R of W wall still standing while in the foreground are shown seven cell blocks which still stand (view looking W to N). 8' MS Pan from R to L starting with E wall and ends at the inner wall which is partly collapsed. 7' MLS Looking N at concrete smokestack of prison boiler house which is located at the NW entrance to prison. The N wall which originally ran E and W has collapsed. 7' MLS Looking directly N approx. 500 feet from zero. This scene shows complete devastation. 7' MLS Looking N toward hillside and Nagasaki Prison. 7' MLS Same position and scene as above. 7' MLS Pan from L to R (N to E) starting at E end of prison past the Deaf and Dumb Institute, Kindergarten School, and ending at the Urakami Cathedral. 7' MLS Looking N showing hillside and part of prison. Camera position same as previous scenes. 17' MS Pan from L to R ( W to E) showing the hillside and ruins of Nagasaki Prison (approx. 400 feet from zero). 10' MLS Pan from L to R showing the Yamazato School, while in the foreground a group of children are shown walking away from the camera (approx. 900 feet from zero). 7' MLS Looking NE showing Deaf and Dumb School, Kindergarten School and Urakami Cathedral (approx. 1000 feet from zero). 5' MLS Looking E, same as above. 4' MLS Looking NE, same as above. 10' LS Looking NE showing the Catholic Seminary (also known as the Catholic Missionary School) which lies approx. 4800 feet from zero at 37 degrees. Right of frame is shown part of the Urakami Cathedral which lies approx. 1700 feet from zero at 58 degrees. Camera position 100 feet from zero. 7' MLS Bridge No. 10 in foreground while in the background on top of hillside is the Shirayama School. Camera position 1000 feet from zero looking W. 11' MS N wing of the Shirayama School. Pan from L to R (N to S) showing the N section intact while the S wing is demolished. Camera position 1000 feet from zero looking W. 14' MS Pan L to R (N to S) showing the large crack which extends for approx. 35 to 40 feet along the top portion of the upper part of the second floor windows. The pan continues past the center wing and onto the S wing which is badly demolished. 8' CS Showing the S wing of Shirayama School viewed from a point 1000 feet from zero at 283 degrees. Note complete rupture of S wing of school. 9' MS Looking W at the S railing of Bridge No. 10. Pan down from S wing of school above to the bridge. The two pylons shown have a displacement of seven inches, while the one n the background shows a displacement of twelve inches. Measurements of pylons: 2'10" X 2'2" X 6'6". Measurement of concrete capping: 21" X 15" X 9". Camera position same as previous scene, slight to the L. Distance from zero approx. 1030 feet. 8' MS Closer shot of above. Displacement of pylon in foreground is 7 inches while the one in the rear measures 12 inches. 5' MS Same as above. Showing NW corner of bridge and the W wall of the River which is displaced due to blast. The wall now lies on its side, its length is approx. 250 feet. Camera position 1075 feet from zero and looking N. MS Same as above, looking N. 5' MLS Looking due W from a position 1100 feet from zero. Camera position center of bridge No. 10 between N and S railing. This view gives an overall view of the Shirayama School. 5' LS Looking N showing rubble and machine lathes. The building in background is all that remains of the Unzen Fire Brick Company which includes the demolished smokestack, a small section which still stands. Camera position approx. 1200 feet from zero at 330 degrees. 12' MLS Pan L to R (W to N) showing another view of the Unzen Fire Brick Company. Looking W. USSBS Target B. 38' LS Looking NW at the Commercial School as seen from a point (S side of hill) approx. 3700 feet from zero. MLS Pan from L to R showing the small outer buildings (Machine Shops) and the W and N wings of school. Same as above, another angle using a telephoto lens to show the twisted and demolished roof. 11' LS Building H located approx. 1900 feet from zero at 140 degrees showing the exterior quarter of the S face of the building which is strewn with debris including mattresses, beds, clothing, splintered wood, and plaster lathe. This shot was taken approx. 50 feet W of the S corner looking E. 11' Reverse angle shot of exterior corridor of building H taken from the N wall of building K looking almost N. Debris includes washing pan, hot water bags, beds, mattresses, and clothing. 11' MLS Looking E along the S wall of building H showing the effect of the blast on the unexposed side of the building. The steel casement windows are blown out, plaster lathe from the interior of the building covered the foreground and splintered wood and debris are strewn about. 10' LS Looking NW at a fire wall between building H and building L showing the destroyed central part of the University Complex showing building F in the background. 5' LS Showing iron guard railings on the second floor corridor of building E which have been forced outward by the blast. This shot was taken looking W on the S wall of building E. 12' LS Building B, located approx. 1900 feet from zero at 125 degrees, showing the S face of the building which was not directly exposed to the blast. 10' MCS Angle of the S face of building B located 2000 feet from zero at 125 degrees showing the effect of blast on the window casement on the S wall which was not directly exposed to the pressure wave. 10' MS Looking N of the S wall located 2100 feet from zero at 125 degrees showing the demolition effect of 500 lb general purpose bombs. 10' CU Wash pans, helmet, parts of jars, bed springs, and instrument pan from sterilizer. This shot was taken looking N between buildings H and E. 10' CU Thermo-Sterilizer units lying among the rubble and debris. This shot was also taken looking N between buildings H and E. 10' CU Photographs on the ground which show the pre-bomb status of the hospital grounds taken looking N between buildings H and E. 10' CU Oxygen Administrating Unit which is covered with rubble having a fire extinguisher unit in front of it. This shot was taken looking N between buildings H and E. 10' LS Area between B and G showing building I in particular. This shot was taken from the second floor of building C. In background is building F. 10' CU Medical instruments scattered about in the building C area. The items shown are as follows: 50cc syringe, several smear slides, a liter, and several test tubes. 25' MLS Pan taken from building C in the University Hospital Group, looking generally N at the few remaining buildings of the Nagasaki Medical School. These buildings are located approx. 1200 feet to 1600 feet from zero at approx. 120 degrees. 11' LS Taken from SE corner of building G looking W along the iron guard railing on the S side of building G. This view shows the effect of blast upon the metal railing which presented a relatively small surface area to the pressure wave. 17' LS Looking S down the second floor corridor of building C starting from the NW corner and extending to the SW corner. The corridor is strewn with window casements, plaster lathe, wall partitions, and wood splinters. 11' LS Building C looking E showing the entire W wall of the building. 12' LS Showing the two smokestacks of the main boiler room. Building M borders them to the E and building N borders them to the W. The one smokestack that recedes lightly W is distorted due to the compression effect of the blast. This shot was taken from the W side of building G. 6' LS Of building A looking E showing the W and S walls. This shot was taken from small boiler house directly W from building A. 6' Unidentified building within the Nagasaki University Hospital Compound. 9' MLS Low angle shot taken from the E end of the foundry looking W at collapsed crane and entire horizontal main structural member running the entire length of the N wall. 7' LS Reverse high angle of the collapsed crane at the E end of the building. This shot was taken from the top of another crane which is now located at the W end of building. 6' LS Showing the collapse of the N wall of the foundry which includes the distortion of the main horizontal member as well as the crane track and final position of the crane operators cupola. 5' CU Train track rail used by the crane. 11' MCU Showing corrugated asbestos hanging from one of the main roof beams in building 3. This shot was taken from the crane of building 2 looking in a NE direction. 10' MLS Chenzei School located 1400 feet from zero at 233 degrees looking at the S face of the building from building no. 4 at the Mitsubishi Small Arms Plant. Target No. BBB. MS of Chenzei School. 6' MLS Acetylene Plant located approx. 3000 feet from zero at 347 degrees taken from building 4 of the Mitsubishi Small Arms Plant. Target No. F. 9' LS Fuchi School located 3600 feet from zero at 200 degrees taken from building 4. Target No. Y. 12' LS Sub station power plant located at 2200 feet from zero at 195 degrees taken from building 4. MLS Same as above. 10' MLS Building A showing overall bend to the S of the SE walls showing the effect of girder and brace failure through force of pressure. 9' MS Group of Japanese boys playing a game of "Johnny Ride a Pony"."
National Archives Identifier: 64459

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Run time 21 minutes 49 seconds
Producer United States. Army Air Forces
Audio/Visual silent, color
Language English

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